Seven thousand want to holiday to toast Guinness milestone

More than 7,000 people have called for a national annual holiday to toast the birth of Guinness, it was revealed today.

The famed brewery is marking 250 years in business this year with a raft of global celebrations on September 24 – dubbed Arthur’s Day after the black stuff’s founder.

A petition set up on social networking site Facebook calling for Arthur’s Day to be an annual holiday racked up 7,000 names in just four days.

Preparations for the massive celebrations are getting under way with just one week to go until the big day.

The gigs celebrating the birth of the famed stout take place in Dublin, Lagos, Cameroon and Kuala Lumpur, with the hub of the festivities in the famed St James’ Gate brewery.

Special clocks around the city are counting down to the minute when the country will toast the event.

The main concert at the Guinness Storehouse will be streamed live via Sky television to thousands of pubs throughout the UK on the day.

There will be other events at bars and clubs in Dublin, which has Arthur’s Day flags on lampposts, while signs will soon be appearing in the arrivals hall of Dublin Airport welcoming all the visitors and special guests.

Tom Jones, Estelle, Sugababes, Kasabian, Natalie Imbruglia and former Destiny’s Child band member Kelly Roland are some of the top names set to rock the capital.

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